At Chudleigh Pre-School we follow the statutory DfES ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ (EYFS) framework. The EYFS has seven Areas of Learning: three ‘Prime’ areas covering Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; and Physical Development and four ‘Specific’ Areas: Literacy, Maths; Understanding the World; and Expressive Arts and Design. For children under three, the focus of their learning will be on the Prime areas, while over threes focus on all areas. We have fantastic outdoor spaces at both our sites and learning across all the areas goes on both indoors and out.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Communication and Language involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children are helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Literacy involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Maths involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure.

Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive Arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

Threading through all the Areas of Learning are what are called the Characteristics of Effective Learning.  These are all about how children approach the world, the way in which they explore and investigate, reflect and make links, and how they persist and challenge themselves.  We offer the children a wide range of exciting activities, giving them opportunities to meet new experiences, to build their confidence and self-belief so that they will ‘have a go’, helping them to think about ‘what happens if…?’, ‘how could I…?’ ‘I wonder why…?’.

Excerpts taken from the Department of Education publication: “Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage – Setting the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five” .. Please click here to read the full document.

Fundamental British Values

We encourage the Fundamental British Values of Democracy, the Rule of Law, Mutual Respect and Tolerance, and Individual Liberty.  We aim to help children to be aware of their feelings and to know that their views count, as well as valuing others’ views.  We aim to create an ethos of inclusivity and tolerance and encourage children to think about their emotions and their experiences, while recognising that others may feel differently, or have different opinions or experiences.  The children are involved in creating our simple rules so that they have ownership over their social environment and learn to recognise that rules apply to everyone.